I especially like the title of a 12:30 panel at next weekend's two-day annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books for its helpful reminder and either existential celebration or complaint. "You are Here: Perspectives on Life in Southern California," featuring Times columnists suggests tha ... More >>
We here in one of the least-respected professions in America talk often
about the "news hook" when kicking around story ideas. It's a term
pregnant with high-minded concern for the readers and why a story matters. Or, it's a way to justify writing about crap we personally find interesting.
But th ... More >>
It appears that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have reached a divorce settlement that will keep their 6-year-old daughter Suri from the clutches of Xenu. Here's hoping that Katie can elude church spies and get on with her life, as folks in Orange County have done after escaping the organization. All th ... More >>
Scientology didn't invite the Weekly to the grand opening Saturday of its Ideal Org at the former Santa Ana Performing Arts and Event Center, which was SanTana's Masonic Hall back when non-hipster gabachos actually lived in the city. But who needs to get inside an event when those hosting it send yo ... More >>
As the Church of Scientology was stalling the opening of their new Ideal Org in downtown Santa Ana, they told me the media would be alerted about the big debut. I never got the memo.But if I did, it likely would've said, "You're not welcomed."That was the message I got Saturday when I walked three f ... More >>
If you're tired of stalking Gustavo during his book signing tour for Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, you're in luck!Scott Barnes, a Lake Forest writer whose story Insect Sculptor was published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 28, will be at Barnes & Nobl ... More >>
With the Ideal Org's opening day less than two weeks away, Scientology Orange County has officially marked its territory in downtown Santa Ana. Take a gander at the sign above the entrance, one of many L. Ron Hubbard-tastic emblems that adorn the former Santa Ana Performing Arts and Event Center at ... More >>
It looks like the grand opening of Scientology's Orange County Ideal Org will be May 19.
Mike McCoy, a police community services specialist with the Santa Ana Police Department, confirmed that it is "90 percent" certain that the organization will open that day at Sycamore and Fifth&n ... More >>
Mr. Bib caught up with friends, and met new ones, at last weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC. I'd like nothing better than to do that every weekend. Imagine: a world where the value of literacy, poetry, science, the arts, civic participation is assume, despite or in opposition to t ... More >>
Scientologists in Orange County continue to move forward with the transformation of the former Santa Ana Performing Arts and Event Center
at the corner of Sycamore and Fifth streets into an Ideal Org.According to the website OCideal.org, L. Ron Hubbard envisioned Ideal Orgs as "islands of sanity ... More >>
A Lake Forest writer was among 12 winning writers and 12 winning illustrators honored Sunday night during the 28th annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Hollywood.
Scott Barnes' story "Insect Sculptor" was recognized during the event's L. Ron Hubbard Writers and ... More >>
Asshole. Prick. Handsome. I've been called all three. But Karin Pouw, a spokesthetan for the Church of Scientology, dropped a u-bomb on me in a Feb. 20 email.
She called me "unprofessional." Sniffle. Between Feb. 13 and 18, I called the church's media-relations outfit in Los Angeles t ... More >>
Young Noam with Mom and Dad I considered titling this week's review "Conservatism for Dummies" but that seemed unnecessarily cruel. As someone raised with your basic anti-social, self-hating, ahistorical so-called "conservative" values, I enjoy reminding myself and others of both my shame as ... More >>
I read more about Scientology than normal people should, only because I'm a bit obsessed about religions, pseudo-religions, and their secrets. So when the followers of L. Ron Hubbard bought a historic SanTana building a couple of years ago, I figured they were about to launch a massive outreach e ... More >>
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Santa Ana Performing Arts and Event Center building may soon leave behind the things of this world, and take on the fight against the evil alien power from beyond the stars that's keeping you from fulfilling your potential and living like Tom Cruise. In other ... More >>